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How to pronounce Michio Kaku?

  1. Jan 29, 2007 #1
    well, this might sound like a stupid question. i just wanted to know how to pronounce the name Michio Kaku. is the 'ch' pronounced as the 'ch' in 'chair' or 'champaigne'? and how is 'kaku' pronounced? thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2007 #2
    Did you check how he was introduced in the videos on his website (in turn referenced by wikipedia)? The videos seem a little interesting in their own rights..
     
  4. Jan 30, 2007 #3
    i can't load the videos. the internet speed is too low here. can you please tell me how it is pronounced?
     
  5. Jan 30, 2007 #4
    something like mee-chee-o kah-koo (although I'm not sure about the surname, it doesn't mesh with my limited understanding of japanese)
     
  6. Jan 30, 2007 #5
    I thinks it is pronounced as what cesiumfrog posted but the surname is probably kah-kuh
     
  7. Jan 30, 2007 #6

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    I go to City College where he works :) I pronounce it, and so do many people as Dr. kah-kuh or Dr. Kaa-koo.
     
  8. Jan 30, 2007 #7
    i am green with envy.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2007 #8

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    He works? I thought all he does is write SF (Strange Fiction) :)
     
  10. Jan 30, 2007 #9

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    Yup, he does. I believe he was teaching for like over 20 years now. He's currently working on Einstein's TOE. Well at least thats what the school's website says. I even got one of my books signed by him - "See you in the 10th dimension"
     
  11. Jan 31, 2007 #10
    He appears to be a very cool, if slightly precocious, chap. from what I've seen of him he's also a fascinating and insightful speaker.
     
  12. Jan 31, 2007 #11
    he has been teaching for about 25 years as far as i know. and i agree with Sojourner01. Kaku rally is a fascinating speaker. and he is a good ice-skater too.

    i am getting greener and greener with envy.
     
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  13. Jan 31, 2007 #12
    His job is to appear on TV discovery channel and say things like : gravity warps spacetime around it ... and get his pay cheque.
     
  14. Jan 31, 2007 #13
    Worse than that.. on at least one of those vid's, he supports string theory as a combination of Buddhism and Christianity, and explains to everyone in simple terms that as our universe dies, physics will let us escape to live elsewhere in the multiverse.. though I did find the "dark matter is parrallel universes" idea interesting..
     
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  15. Jan 31, 2007 #14

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    I've never heard his "dark matter is parrallel universes" idea but it occured to me several days ago while taking a shower that there _could_ be galaxies just like ours floating around in the universe made of their own kind of matter that wouldn't interact with ours except through gravity.

    Is this similar?

    Of course, that's just supposition - I don't see any way to falsify that or any reason to consider it such in the first place.

    Going on this line of suppositions: could we have several "earths" stacked together?
     
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  16. Jan 31, 2007 #15
    I really know very little about this, but I've heard claims before (perhaps in the "elegant universe" string theory docu'?) that the weakness of gravity is attributable to it spreading and permeating even parallel dimensions/universes. Hence, I guess the idea is that if two colliding galaxies *miss* in other universes, then the dark matter distributions appear to keep moving (separating from the matter we see in our universe) to give the lensing observations recently touted as "dark matter proof". No idea whether anyone's close to even writing down the mathematical details, let alone trying to test this.
     
  17. Jan 13, 2010 #16
    I found a guy interviewing him and said it this way:

    Mish(like 'Mitch' but with 'sh')-ee-oo, Cock-oo
     
  18. Jan 13, 2010 #17
    I think of Machu Picchu when I see his name
     
  19. Jan 13, 2010 #18
    me she oh cah cooh
     
  20. Jan 13, 2010 #19
    I am fairly certain that there is no hard "ch" sound in Japanese though I think most people pronounce his name with the hard "ch".
     
  21. Jan 13, 2010 #20

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    I don't know why, but the first time I saw this thread I dismissed it because I thought the title was:

    How to denounce Michio Kaku?
     
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